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Offline jamawani

Camping at Cape Meares
« on: October 12, 2013, 01:11:54 pm »
Jogging my memory here.  If I remember correctly, there used to be a hiker/biker campsite at Cape Meares State Park.  What made it so exceptional was that there was no other camping except for hikers and cyclists.  One of the picnic table spots served double duty.  Do any other old-timers remember when you could still camp at Cape Meares?  I'm going to say 25 years ago or more.

I think the idea was great - that you had an incredible, scenic location without being chock-a-block against a giant RV.  There were already bathrooms there.  Still, I suppose that if the park was unstaffed at night there were probably issues of liability and resource protection.  Sigh.

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Re: Camping at Cape Meares
« Reply #1 on: October 13, 2013, 12:08:56 pm »
Jogging my memory here.  If I remember correctly, there used to be a hiker/biker campsite at Cape Meares State Park.  What made it so exceptional was that there was no other camping except for hikers and cyclists...Do any other old-timers remember when you could still camp at Cape Meares?  I'm going to say 25 years ago or more.

It must have been quite some time ago, indeed, as it hasn't been there as long as I've been in Oregon (12 years). That would be cool if that could happen again, but I doubt it would because (a) Cape Lookout is just about 7 miles down the road, and has possibly the best hiker/biker site on the coast and (b) yeah, Oregon State Parks would probably worry about resource protection. In fact, some vandals did do thousands of dollars of damage to the Fresnel lens in the lighthouse several years ago.  :-[